Depression During Pregnancy and Postpartum
I am 31 and about 4 months pregnant. I have an 11 yr old and a 7 month old. I was diagnosed with depression when my Son was 9 yrs old. My then husband didn't believe in therepy so I had to fight for help. He finally gave in and I counciled and put on Zoloft. When we sperated I lost my medical and my medication. I have been fighting NY State for help ever since. I was off my meds for my last pregnancy and now this one. I get depressed to the point where I don't eat and sleep all day except for when I have to work. I still take care of my younger Son(the oldest lives with his Father)as best I can and have a wonderful man in my life who treats him as his own. I am very well loved and now even my ex is apologizing to me about not getting me help when I needed it. His new girlfriend is on Prozac and Wellbutrin. He wishes he could help me know and has written letters on my behalf to the places I am trying to get coverage from(we are not legally divorced yet). The other day it got so bad I hid in my room and begged my boyfriend to come home from work early so our son wouldn't suffer. I am afraid I will have another nervous breakdown and lose our Son to his SOB Father and they will take this new baby away! The stress really gets to me! I could use the advice and friendship of anyone who wants to contribute. Please feel free to read my profile
before friending me. Thanks for reading.
Im new here! And new to pregnancy.
My Name is Andrea or Andi, Im 21 and 7 weeks pregnant. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality when I was 16. I have struggled with depression most of my life. I am off meds, and have been for quite some time now....but I still get down. I have felt down a few times since being pregnant, and just want a place to reach out and get some support, since I am financially unable to see a therapist at the moment.
Congrats to all mommies to be and new mommies!
Im here for all of you! Feel free to add my personal journal, and my contact info is in my profile!
Have any of you read The Ghost in the House
by Tracy Thompson? You can read a detailed article about it right here.
The article was written by a well-known blogging mother who has suffered from depression before, during and after her pregnancy.
I'm going to read the book for informational purposes, just to be aware, and I thought some of you might be interested in it too.
Mon, Aug. 14th, 2006, 01:58 pm
Where do I start to explain where I've been and where I want to go?
Let's "pointform" my trip to "The Dark Side of the Moon"(depression & pregnancy)
-No history of clinical depression but had undiagnosed eating disorder in late '80's and then "lazy vegetarian" (i.e.malnourished but thin) from 1991-2001
-Had 2 miscarriages in 2001
-Healthy baby boy in Oct. 2002
-Severe PPD until I went on paxil end of Nov. 2002
-Tapered off of it late 2003
-Clinical depression occured again in March 2004
-Put on Remeron March 2004
-Did not curb depression, put back on Paxil CR June 2004
-Tried to taper off it but had anxiety and depression flare up again.
-My son will be 4 in October and I am considering being pregnant again but not without my meds.
-worried about the side effects but cannot afford the luxury of trying to taper or wait since I'm forty.
Obviously I haven't been around in a long time - my baby is 2 now. I've sort of let things self run but I noticed someone wishing there were things in the memories section - so I figured I would ask anyone if they wanted to help moderate and such here - because I am running too many communities and am way to busy with six kids to be doing much here. Let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org
i am new. i am 27 years old and 11 weeks 4 days pregnant. i have had anxiety and depression my whole life and with medicine I've been able to help myself tremendously. when my husband and I started "trying"..i went off medication and did acupuncture and herbs for my anxiety and depression. It really did work for me...until I got pregnant. all the panic attacks, anxiety, depression came back and intensified. i have tried all the antidepressants that are "tested safe for pregnancy" in the past(prozac, zoloft, and celexa) and my body reacted badly to them. the only antidepressants that have ever worked for me was paxil and lexapro)
paxil has been shown to show heart defects in babies and lexapro is very new and not extensively tested safe for pregnancy. i also read that they tested lab rats with lexapro (but 75 times as much as a normal human would take and it showed birth defects) not really an accurate study but since there were birth defects, that really scares me.
my ob said it was fine for me to take lexapro (she said it is in the same drug class as all the safer drugs) but i have been putting it off. def until i'm past my first trimester. life is no longer easy...going out and socializing is a task because i worry about panic attacks coming on. (for good reason) i am very unhappy and not enjoying this pregnancy i truly wanted. (i still do)
i'm really glad i found this community.
Hi, everyone, just a quick intro.
I'm Liz, 25, and pregnant (about 4 weeks, I think) with my first child.
I've had depression all my life, but was diagnosed about 6 years ago and put on Zoloft. Over the years, my dosage has increased to 150mg to combat bulimia as well.
I stopped taking my zoloft about 2 months ago because our insurance does not kick in till May 1st (husband started a new job). I've been taking St. John's Wort in the meantime, but it's not quite having the same effect of Zoloft.
My eating disorder is in recovery, and i know that pretty soon, I'm going to be worshipping the porcelain god, so I'm doing really well with that. I haven't purged in a long time and i'm eating healthy because i don't want to gain TOO much weight (I'm already overweight) and I know it's what's best for my pregnancy.
I'm going to look through memories and see what I can find concerning medications (prescription or natural) that are safe to take during pregnancy, but I also wanted to introduce myself. I'd really like to get my depression and mood swings under control because I know that having a child is going to be stressful, and I really don't need to alienate my husband more with depression that is beyond my control.
So yes. Hello!
EDIT: Crap, there are no memories. HELP!
Hello ladies! My son is almost ten months old. I had TERRIBLE anxiety and
depression before his birth, that settled. After however I required medication
for my baby blues. My obgyn put me back of Zoloft and explained to me it was
safe for breast feeding mothers. I eventually weaned myself off of the zoloft
after a few months ( I am not big on mediation in general I don't even take
something for a headache) Anyway, the lsat few weeks have been so hard, I have
tried herbs, and relaxation etcetc the depression is getting pretty serious.
Suicidal even. I called my regular doctor and tried to get an appointment
telling them that it was very serious. They can't get me in for four weeks so he
called me in a RX for prozac. I can get in in the generic form, so thats a plus
I can afford it. He also nows I am nursing. I go to pick it up, the pharmacy
tech tells me I should NOT take it while nursing. *GASP* or zoloft *DOUBLE GASP*
so now I am frantic, and more depressed and my dr won't see me for four weeks.
Does anyone know of a lower cost rx I can take for depression while
breastfeeding thats not going to rott my son? thanks in advance!
This question is not being asked for me, it's for my best friend.
She gave birth to my god-daughter on December 1st, and he e-mailed me today and said she LOVES being a mother, but she's been kind of sad lately. She said she'll start crying because she's sad that the pregnancy is all over. Her doctor said it's normal. It kind of set off alarms in my head from what I've heard about post-partum depression. But I'm a 17-year-old girl with no medical training, so I really don't know.
Other than that, she said everything is going good and that being a mother makes you appreciate life more. She's taking good care of the baby and is obviously not suicidal or anything. Just thought I'd ask. :)